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EMS Certification and Accreditation

General information

Hours/Dates of Office Operation

EMT-I and Paramedic applications will be accepted based on the following walk-in schedule:

  • Tuesdays, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM & 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Thursdays, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM & 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

No appointment is necessary.

If you are unable to come during the hours listed above, please call (650) 573-2009 to schedule an alternative time.


NEW ADDRESS: beginning April 4, 2016, San Mateo County EMS Agency offices will be located at:

801 Gateway Blvd., 2nd Floor
South San Francisco, CA 94080
Main Phone: (650) 573-2564

Please proceed directly to the second floor and check in with staff in the reception area.


  • New EMT Certification – $125
  • Re-certifying EMT without prior background check for SMC – $125
  • Re-certifying EMT with prior background check for SMC – $87

Only check or money order are accepted (payable to San Mateo County EMS Agency).

Training & Education

For more information, please call (650) 573-2009.

Checklist: What You Will Need to Bring

EMT-1 Certification (Initial Certification in San Mateo County)

**Only complete application packets will be accepted.**

EMT-1 Recertification

  • Completed and signed EMT Application (EMT Application)
  • Copy of current EMT Certification Card
  • CPR/AED Card/American Heart Association/American Red Cross for the Professional Rescuer
  • Verification of EMT Skills Form (EMT Skills Verification Form)
  • Verification of 24 hours of Continuing Education from a California Approved CE Provider (at least 12 hours must be instructor based)
  • Driver’s License, California ID, or U.S. Passport

Out of State EMT-1 Applicants

  • Contact Garrett Fahey at (650) 573-2009 for more information.

Paramedic Accreditation

  • Please contact your employer for the application process
  • Accreditation is only granted to paramedics employed by a San Mateo County ALS Provider

EMT-1 Forms and Checklists